With over 18 years' experience working on a variety of projects across all sectors, the CoSector Digital Preservation Team is well placed to help your organisation service its digital preservation needs.
Why choose us?
We have a strong reputation within the field, providing training and consultancy under our former name University of London Computer Centre (ULCC).
We are part of the community of experts who are constantly exploring the field.
We believe that excellence in digital preservation involves challenging and rethinking received wisdom, and applying critical thinking where it is needed.
We provide award winning training in the form of our Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP).
To learn about our values click here
If you would like to learn what digital preservation is, click here
Ed Pinsent comes from a traditional archivist and records manager background, working for both the General Synod of the Church of England and The National Archives.
Since joining the University of London in 2004, Ed has become increasingly involved with many aspects of digital preservation. He has worked on a large number of funded projects and advised others on preservation of a large range of digital content types – images, databases, digital records, and digitised content. He has also devised a series of assessment / benchmarking tools, culminating in the Assessing Organisational Readiness (AOR) Toolkit, and been involved in projects involving metadata requirements, digitisation, and strategic planning.
His experience working with digital preservation has fed into the teaching content of the digital preservation training programme, for which he was awarded a Teaching and Communications Award by the Digital Preservation Coalition. His aim in teaching is to try and explain, communicate, and demystify the complexities of digital preservation.
Steph Taylor started her career working in inter-library loans and periodicals departments in UK academic libraries. Following this, she worked for a library software company working with developers to create bespoke systems for public libraries in the Netherlands, the University of California, several international commercial companies with a strong R&D base, and UK government department library services. She then built on this experience working as a freelancer, specialising in consultancy and training in all aspects of digital libraries.
With 20 years of experience in libraries, archives and information management she is now a tutor and consultant with CoSector - University of London Digital Preservation Team.
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What is Digital Preservation?
Digital Preservation focuses on developing a strategy for the long-term continuity and survival of important digital objects such as documents, images, websites, emails and outputs from research data.
As technology advances, older technologies become obsolete, making it difficult to access older content. Digital preservation allows for the active management of digital information over time to ensure accessibility.
Benefits of Digital Preservation
• Digital preservation can be a means for protecting your valuable content; for managing risks; for safeguarding business and legal requirements.
• Digital preservation can improve the way your staff works; increase efficiency; reduce duplication; and save money.
• Digital preservation can meet the needs of a user community; enhance your organisation’s reputation; and contribute to our heritage, history and culture.
Our Values: What we think Digital Preservation means
• We believe there is no single approach to digital preservation; your approach must be tailored, and based on your content, your collections, your organisational needs, your staff, and your users.
• We are developing sector-specific views and approaches to digital preservation, for instance aimed at research data in HE, image libraries, and small and large businesses. We are tailoring our products to meet the needs of these sectors.
• We believe digital preservation is the digital equivalent of what an archivist does. For that reason we promote traditional archival skills, such as selection, appraisal, and archival arrangement, and recognise the value of provenance, context, and original order.
• We don't think digital preservation is exclusively an IT matter.
• We understand the inter-connectedness between all aspects of digital preservation activity, regardless of the tool or application that might be used to do them. We see digital preservation as a web of dependencies, and all the stakeholders within an organisation have responsibilities and roles to play in the success of a digital preservation project.
• We do not adhere to theoretical models of digital preservation at the expense of practical common sense.
• We are part of the community of experts who are constantly exploring the field; we engage with these discussions and participate at conferences.
• We remain vendor-neutral and product-neutral.
• We believe you probably already have the staff and skills in place to start doing digital preservation; we can help by bringing focus. Our offering will involve assessments, surveys, training, bringing together resources, people, and skills.